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Wind company to train local workers in clean energy


ALBANY – Sunrise Wind and state economic and labor leaders announced Wednesday a program to recruit and train workers in the city’s South End for union construction jobs they say will be critical to the transition towards clean energy.

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado joined Sunrise Wind, the Center for Economic Growth and the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council to make the announcement at 35 Broad St.

Sunrise Wind said it would commit $300,000 to recruit and train workers through a program in partnership with the Center for Economic Growth. Sunrise Wind is an offshore wind project between Ørsted, a wind energy company, and Eversource, a New England energy supplier.

According to a release announcing the grant, the funding comes from the $1 million Upper Hudson Workforce Development Fund created by the Sunrise Wind Project and will be used to fund the apprenticeship readiness program. multi-trades (MAPP), a pre-apprenticeship program that recruits and trains workers for unionized apprenticeships in construction.

It also aims to bring more diversity to the building trades. The funds will cover participants’ salaries, training and emergency financial needs. Fifteen to 20 participants will register in 2022 and another 15 to 20 in 2023.

After being accepted, participants will first work in paid positions under qualified supervision to rehabilitate homes and other community sites to develop their vocational skills before enrolling in MAPP for more qualified classroom education, officials said. After graduating, participants are offered “direct entry,” a state labor department-facilitated path to union apprenticeship programs.

Sunrise Wind will require hundreds of skilled workers to construct and install the project, including the construction of advanced foundation components and other work at the Port of Coeymans, according to Wednesday’s announcement.